Stronach Group Officials Discuss New Company Brand Strategy

The Stronach Group Feb. 27, in meetings with Maryland Jockey Club employees, explained its new 1/ST brand program that is geared toward reinventing the racing and gaming experience at its various properties.

The 1/ST initiative, which includes new graphics for live racing signals at the company’s tracks, was presented by David Wilson, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Guest Experience for the TSG.

“It comes down to the guest experience,” Wilson said. “Every department needs to be thinking, ‘What is this going to look like five years from now, 10 years from now, and what do I see every day that can be fixed?’ This is really a bottom-up approach.”

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Rat remediation program underway in Laurel barn area

The company that has been contracted to handle a rat remediation plan in the Laurel Park stable area said the initial results have been positive.

AmericanPest, based in Fulton, Md., has placed more than 150 "Smart boxes" throughout the barn area after a walk-through to determine the best locations. The boxes, which have a data-tracking system, work in conjunction with rodenticides that are kept outside of barns so horses aren't exposed to the poison.

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March 2020 Newsletter Available

newsletter2020 3The March 2020 edition of the Horsemen's Newsletter is now online and available for download. To view this edition click herearrow

The Horsemen's Newsletter is published monthly by the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and is mailed to licensed owners and trainers in the state of Maryland.


Laurel gets OK to host Fair Hill steeplechase races in May

The Maryland Racing Commission Feb. 27 signed off a plan by the Cecil County Breeders' Fair to hold its one-day steeplechase meet May 23 at Laurel Park rather than at Fair Hill, where a renovation project continues.

The CCBF and Fair Hill Foundation earlier reached an agreement with the Maryland Jockey Club to move the event for one year. The Fair Hill Races, a six-race program that offers pari-mutuel wagering, will return to Cecil County in 2021.

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Hearings on MD racing legislation show strong support

The initial Maryland General Assembly committee hearings on legislation that would rebuild Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park and strengthen the foundation for horse racing over the next 30 years reflected strong support from state, county and city government officials as well as business leaders.

Two bills—they are almost identical—were heard Feb. 25 in the House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Budget and Taxation Committee. The legislation creates a funding structure for about $375 million in bonds for the two projects, puts the property on which the two tracks sit under city or county control, and has provisions for equine health and safety initiatives.

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